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The Ultimate and Immediate Why

After a long night
I wake up
with infinity on my lips and I must tell you:
Everything turns out okay.
Put down your worries,
even though you must take up the cause.
On the Light crusade
we must remember
The Ultimate and Immediate Why:
Swallowing fresh water,
inhaling
clean air
through our mouths,
speaking
words of adoration, and
kissing.


 

Poetry heals. Be a healer and press forward. xo

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I wake up with infinity on my lips.

The Ultimate and Immediate Why.


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Photo credit: Catherine Just

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Loving yourself…when you hate yourself.

“Love” is one of the most wrung out and misunderstood concepts in philosophy and self-help teachings. And most pop songs (except for Prince. He could grind on the term “love” any which way and I’d say it was philosophical perfection.)

If “love” is confusing, then “SELF-love” can be mystifying. So I’m pressing pause on the self-love conversation to insert the word compassion… The feel of “compassion” is more direct and melting for most of us. So let’s start there. Because…

Being compassionate with ourselves is what DEEP self-love is about. The kind of love that’s bigger than self-care Fridays or taking a nap.

It’s easy to love yourself when your hard work is paying off. I’m awesome! I sooo have my shit together. I love myself.

But how about this: I just lied to them. I love myself anyway. I cheated. I love myself anyway. I was an arrogant asshole. I love myself anyway. I want to lose twenty pounds, I even have a weight loss coach, but I just polished off that loaf of banana bread (and it wasn’t even gluten free). I love myself anyway. I’m still in agony over our break up…we broke up two years ago. I love myself anyway. I’m sooo stuck. I love myself anyway.

At that moment, when you need to apply light to the dark, it’s going to feel uncomfortable, maybe even forced…undeserving, arrogant, irresponsible, excessive. You might feel guilty. But that’s exactly where the transformation occurs—loving what seems unlovable.

If you can muster some tenderness for yourself when you think you’re at your worst—at precisely the time when you think you deserve criticism or punishment––then you’re on the way to stable self-esteem. This doesn’t mean that you don’t take responsibility for being a jerk or breaking promises…

Immediate compassion for your missteps gives you the strength to take the next best step.

True self love transmutes self hatred into mindfulness…and from mindfulness, kindness flows. In all directions and always forward.


 

You know at least 52 people who need to be more compassionate with themselves. Press send. xo.

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Being compassionate with ourselves is what DEEP self-love is about.

Immediate compassion for your missteps gives you the strength to take the next best step.


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The Courageous Minority vs. the road to mediocrity (which is always really…safe.)

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Most people will proceed as planned. They’ll stay quiet, suppress their doubts with rationality. They’ll make the choice to save money, save face, not rock the boat. Don’t want to disappoint people. There’s a lot on the line. I said I would, so I should.

Safe. The road to mediocre is always really…safe.

And in terms of fulfillment, “safe” is really, really dangerous.

The Courageous Minority will risk being judged as indecisive, unreasonable, and flakey (in fact, they’ll expect it). They’ll take a deep breath and steady themselves for some conflict, a miracle, or both. And they will put on the brakes, throw a wrench into the works, push for change, ask for the unreasonable. Or move on. Completely.

Their risks tend to pay off, because they took them. Even though…they had come so far, invested so much, raised the stakes, had people to please, signed the contract, booked the flight. Even though…it’s really uncomfortable, extremely inconvenient, disruptive and awkward. It’s always awkward.

Courage elevates your perspective of time. You can see that the disruption of risk is temporary, and that playing it safe can extend your numbness for a very, very long time –– and that’s how “good enough” becomes toxic.

Mediocrity isn’t benign. Or passive. Or neutral. It’s soul poison.


And “risk”
doesn’t seem that risky when you consider that your joy and integrity are on the line.


 

Nudge your favorite people to take the risk. Press send. xo

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Safe. The road to mediocre is always really…safe.
Mediocrity isn’t benign. Or passive. Or neutral. It’s soul poison.

 

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